Hydrotherapy is the use of water, both internally and externally and at varying temperatures, for health purposes. Also known as water therapy . hydrotherapy includes such treatments as saunas, steam baths, spinal bath, hipbath, armand foot baths, hot and cold showers, and water therapy.
According to proponents of hydrotherapy, cold water causes superficial blood vessels to constrict, moving blood flow away from the surface of the body to organs. Hot water causes superficial blood vessels to dilate activating sweat glands, and removing waste from body issues.
Alternating hot and cold water is thought to decreaseinflammation and stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage.
A sitz bath involves two adjacent tubs of water, one warm and one cool You sit in one tub with your feet in the other tub, and then alternate. Sitz baths are recomended for hemorrhoids, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and menstruation problems.
Soak in warm water for up to 30 minutes. depending on the condition. Epsom salts mineral mud, aromatherapy oils. ginger, moor mud, and dead sea salts may be added.
Steam rooms are filled with warm, humid aid. The steam to help the body release impurities.
Towels are soaked in warm andor cool water nd then placed on a particular area on the bodt. Cool compresses reduce inflammation and swelling, while warm compresses promote blood flow and ease stiff and sore muscles.
While lying down. cold wet flannel sheets are used to wrap the body. The person is then covered with dry towels and then blankets. The body warm up in response and dries the wet sheets. It's used for colds. skin disorders, and muscle pain.
For treatments of acute condition such as chest colds and coughs, pain etc. It is said to relieve symptoms but also decrease the length of the illness.